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State To Dedicate $270 Million To Pre-School Education

Education experts say money for the youngest kids can pay off in the long run.

WBBM Newsradio–07/20/2011


Tolls May Double To Fund Major Tollway Projects

Tolls could double on the Illinois Tollway system, which is dealing with a $1 billion shortfall.

CBS Chicago–07/20/2011

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Ministers Decry Lack Of Funds To Bury Indigent

A group of Chicago ministers wants the governor and state lawmakers to come up with more money for the burial of indigents.

CBS Chicago–07/05/2011

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Report: Public Health Programs Underfunded, Under Attack

Public health programs are underfunded, and others are under political attack according to a report from the American Public Health Association.

WBBM Newsradio–06/24/2011

Illinois State Capitol

Meeting Planned On Possible Special Legislative Session

A meeting is planned for Wednesday between Gov. Pat Quinn and House Speaker Michael Madigan to discuss calling lawmakers back for a special session.

CBS Chicago–06/15/2011

Gov. Pat Quinn

Quinn: Construction Jobs, Projects In Jeopardy

Construction projects are in jeopardy and tens of thousands of jobs hang in the balance because state lawmakers failed to approve funding on capital projects, Gov. Pat Quinn said Monday.

CBS Chicago–06/06/2011

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School Districts Stand To Lose More Money From State

Throughout the school year, the state has delayed promised payments to school districts. Now it may just eliminate some of the promised funding.

WBBM Newsradio–06/02/2011

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Study Touts Benefits Of High-Speed Rail

Although Wisconsin, Ohio and Florida have rejected federal high-speed rail money, Illinois and 34 other states are fighting over it. A new study, funded by the manufacturing giant Siemens, sees plenty of advantages and believes support could grow quickly.

CBS Chicago–05/23/2011

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Group: Public School Funding Methods Violate Civil Rights

The head of the Chicago Urban League says the group is pressing forward with its lawsuit against the state of Illinois over the way public schools are funded across the state.

WBBM Newsradio–03/25/2011

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Planned Parenthood Protest Draws Heated Debate

Planned Parenthood held a midday rally in the Loop to protest the recent vote in the House of Representatives that would bar all federal funding for the organization, which provides health care to poor women, including abortions.


Tatiana Class depends on state-funded human services. (CBS)

Gov. Quinn Quietly Slashes Human Services Funding

A Chicago human services agency warns that people who need help will be harmed by budget cuts Gov. Pat Quinn plans to impose.


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City Pension Crisis Called ‘Ticking Time Bomb’

Yet another warning has been issued about Chicago’s looming public pension crisis.

WBBM Newsradio–02/10/2011


Jail A Moneymaker For Kendall County

In an economic climate that has government struggling to raise revenues, Kendall County has one funding source all locked up, as it were.

WBBM Newsradio–12/29/2010

Lincoln Park Zoo

Story Ending For Lincoln Park Zoo Program?

The Lincoln Park Zoo is warning that its popular Wednesday and Friday Story Time will be canceled next month unless funding is found fast.

CBS Chicago–12/20/2010

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Cabbie Charged In Terror Case Asks For Release

A local taxi driver charged with attempting to send money to a Pakistan-based terrorist has asked to be released from jail.

CBS Chicago–11/30/2010

Governor Pat Quinn (Scott Olson/Getty Images)

Federal Funding To Expand Park Ridge Down Syndrome Center

Gov. Pat Quinn announced Saturday that $1.3 million in “Illinois Jobs Now!” capital funding will be used to expand the Adult Down Syndrome Center at Advocate Lutheran General Hospital in Park Ridge.